We are still asking: What did you get done on your Bolt today ????
The question, initially posted May 23, 2005, was:
"Whatcha do on your Bolt this weekend?"
After 51,906,997 views, 7378 replies over 185 pages, this thread in General Truck Talk is a happening! And it's not just weekends anymore.
Hi There! I've had a few Stovebolts in the past, and came across this Pumper for sale locally. Of course I am not a firefighter, a parade enthusiast, nor have any use for a fire truck, so obviously I bought it. It was restored at some point, and runs very well, but as mentioned earlier, is a fire truck. I can get her up to about 50, but that's just not good enough to overtake the Prius doing 52 in a 55 on the highway.
The question is, to make the thing more user friendly to other motorists, should I 350 swap the drivetrain and store/sell the 216/crashbox or leave it alone and put it back on the market? The first two pictures are as she sits, the last is an idea of something I would like to build.
The 'cool factor' is leaving it a fire engine, you'll get way more attention driving it than having a car hauler.
If you really need to go faster, buy a more modern rollback that's big enough to haul the fire engine! Best of both worlds...
I owned this truck for almost 20 years and had the same thoughts about making it a car hauler...the wife and father in law talked me out of it and I never regretted it...I put over 30K miles driving it to shows and in parades!
I have seen Mike’s truck in person and it is a very good part of history saved! As Mike has said, the cool factor out weighs a roll back many times over! It is also a babe magnet that I did not know about.
Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!
556Motorsports , Mine 1948 6400 ex fire truck . I put a Ford motor home Daina 60 HD rear axle with 4.11 ratio in my 48 , but mine has a stock 5 speed crash box and 5th gear is 1 to 1 . It does 50-55 mph @ 3500 rpm's 216 cid ,HEI ignition , 70's Mono Jet carb from 250 cid 6 . I put a flat bed on it . Just a thought for you if you put a car hauler bed on it find a nice small old Airstream trailer . pull the axle put it on skids , now you can pull up it up onto the car hauler . I did a 4930 mile round trip with mine in 2014 from Atlanta GA to Dolan Spring AZ and back . Before rear axle change @ 45 mph 6 days out 6 days back . I had a great time . A vintage Fire truck is neat but as a classic bike magazine says " Don't Hide Them Ride Them '
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1948 Chevy 2 ton flatbed ex fire truck , and various motorcycles .